PS 343 The Peck Slip School

Grades Pre-K, K-4
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Location

1 Peck Slip
Manhattan NY 10038
Chinatown (District 2)
Trains: 1 to Chambers St; 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z to Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau; 6 to Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall; E to Park Place; R to City Hall
Buses: BM1, BM2, BxM18, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M5, M9, QM11, QM7, X1, X10, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X28, X3, X8

Contact

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

Vegetarian lunch, stunning building

The Downside

New school doesnt have a track record

Our Review

The newest of the downtown schools, Peck Slip School, opened in 2012, has the luxury of space. They moved into their permanent building in 2015. It has large windows with stunning views of the Financial District; airy, well-equipped classrooms; and spotless, well-lit halls.

One room, adjacent to the cafeteria, is set aside for children to play in with large rubber blocks. Classrooms for pre-k through 1st grade are equipped with wooden blocks and LEGOs which help children understand shapes and sizes as they learn arithmetic. There is a lovely library but no textbooks: Children read exclusively from books you might read for fun.

Principal Maggie Siena, who started her teaching career at PS 234 and was the principal of PS 150, has significant experience with the progressive, project-based curriculum for which the downtown schools are known. Children might study birds, or the subways, with lessons that integrate reading, writing, history and science.

Third-graders study the Brooklyn Bridge, beginning by posing their own questions: Who thought of the idea of a bridge? How did they get it on the water? How many people died building it? Was it worth it? How does it stay up? They then study the history of the bridge, reading picture books but also contemporary accounts from magazines like Harpers Weekly. They learn about the frigid winter of 1866 when ferries couldnt cross the frozen East River. They take a ferry to Brooklyn, and they walk across the bridge to see the difference. They learn basic principles of engineering.

Children call the teachers, including the principal, by their first names. The school has an informal, joyful atmosphere. Routines are clear and children move from one activity to another without a lot of wasted time. Children are free to move around the classroom and stand and stretch.

The school prides itself on its vegetarian lunchroom. A typical meal: vegetarian chili, rice, corn and salad. Children go outside for recess on the rooftop playground on all but the most frigid days. (Pre-kindergartners go out twice a day). The physical education teacher supervises the games outside; children who have trouble socializing are invited to take part in structured recess, with grown-ups guiding the play.

The school, which began with a few classes in 2012 and was housed in the Department of Education headquarters while its new building was under construction, is adding a grade each year. Its too new to have a track record, but its off to a promising start.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT team-teaching classes. It has a full-time speech therapist and a part-time occupational therapist. Sometimes children receive these services right in their classroom; sometimes they are pulled out for individual attention.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school has its own pre-k for zoned children, but children from outside the zone may attend pre-kindergarten at the pre-k center, housed in the building but not formally affiliated with the school. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
377
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
16.5%
Black
4.0%
Hispanic
13.3%
White
55.4%
Other
10.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
7%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with a Pre-K Center
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
366%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
8%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
30%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
90%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
96%
96% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
59%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
53%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
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